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Figure Colosseum

Banpresto opens character voting for latest Figure Colosseum


Votes open on OP and DBZ characters
Aug 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For the past several years Banpresto has hosted the Figure Colosseum and this year is no different. The Colosseum is now open with Modeling Tenkaichi Budokai 6 for Dragon Ball Z character voting and Modeling King Summit ...

Anime Expo 2014: Banpresto

Jul 08 // Scarecroodle
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Let sleeping mermaids lie... or float... or whatever
Banpresto's booth featured an assortment of One Piece, Dragon Ball, and other anime figures, some of which were recent or upcoming with some older items as well (that cool-looking Shirahoshi, for instance, was released around...

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Do you feel lucky?
Japan-based Sailor Moon fans are in for a treat come November when the sailor-suited soldier of justice will be getting her own Ichiban Kuji series. And, oh my stars, those prizes sure are pretty. The "A prize," the Sailor Mo...

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Pokemon plush pre-orders

Catch a Pumpkaboo or Pancham with these latest pre-orders


Banpresto sure knows what I like
May 15
// Natalie Kipper
For trainers aching for toys of more obscure Pokémon, NCSX has got the goods. Two new pre-order items from Banpresto recently popped up on their site, one a Pumpkaboo plush and the other a Pancham cushion. Th...

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Kamen Rider

Watch the vacuum around these extra tiny Kamen Rider figures


Banpresto to release a handful throughout the year, which is a lot
May 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Banpresto is out to prove that you really can get big things in small packages. Their new Micro line of figures intend to take the super-sized cast of Kamen Rider and shrink them down to a mere 1.5 cm. That's just a little mo...
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Though, outside of Japan trying your luck means tracking them down
Just in time for the next chapter of Monogatari Series Second Season, Hanamonogatari, launching May 31 comes a new set of Ichiban Kuji figures from Banpresto. Given the extra long title of Ichiban Kuji Premium Monogatari...

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Gundam Unicorn

Keep your eyes on the prize for these Gundam Unicorn figures


Adorable little weapons of mechanized destruction
Apr 17
// Pedro Cortes
With the final episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ready to hit theaters May 16, the promotional rush is building up into a marketing frenzy. Of course, this being a Sunrise production, there are a ton of mecha that'll be p...
Madoka Magica plush photo
Madoka Magica plush

Banpresto grants your wish for more Madoka Magica plushes


Kyubey and Bebe from the third movie are now up for pre-order
Mar 08
// Natalie Kipper
While we have seen a consistent stream of Madoka Magica figures, I must say the series has been lacking in the plush department lately. Banpresto has thankfully changed that issue with their upcoming releases of Super DX ...
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Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: March madness


Or why my wallet is empty
Mar 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Why is March such a painful month for us? It seems like every march we get bombarded with a  bunch of cool stuff that we all want all at once. Do companies think that we've recovered from the holidays by now and can affo...
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All new figures available as prizes in Japan
It was announced last night that Sailor Moon would be getting new figures. I know, by now you’re probably used to hearing that now. It’s true, there has been an abundance of new figures from a number of companies...

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Pokemon Snorlax cushion

You gotta catch this Pokemon Snorlax cushion


And you don't even need a PokeFlute
Jan 27
// Natalie Kipper
What Pokemon fan hasn't dreamed of just cuddling up with a Snorlax? I mean, they just look so darn relaxed, not to mention fluffy. The good folks over at Banpresto have seen fit to make that dream a reality for gamers and nap...

Tomopop LinkUP: The rated A-plush edition

Dec 26 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Company has been doing a number galleries for several newly released figures through Kahotan's blog. First up is the massive Nendoroid Attack on Titan Colossus Titan & Attack Playset. This is a really amazing set and the gallery shows off just how feature packed it is.  Then there's their almost as impressive Rozen Maiden set featuring Shinku. With all of the added stuff plus the big doll case the box even includes handles! Then there's GSC's 1/10 scale Ultimate Madoka figure that comes with a copy of Figure JAPAN: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Edition. Is it just me or did they really skimp on the paint for the hair and wings? Piapro's blog is showing off Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji latest lottery prizes revolving around Miku Wears Milk, a campaign that combines Hatsune Miku and the Harajuku Milk fashion line. For the most part the lineup of prizes include decorative items and paper goods, but there's also a great pair of plush Mikus and a series of rubber straps.  Piapro also blogged about a new plushie being made for Snow Miku 2014 from Gift. She'll be available in all of the same events that the Snow Miku figures will be sold at.    Over on Twitter Nitroplus is previewing the prototype for Sentinel's latest Super Sonico figure. This one features Sonico in a bikini playing a chocolate covered guitar with "I ♥ You" dripping down the front. The finished figure will certainly look unique on the shelf.  Akiba Hobby got their hands on a painted prototype of Griffon's upcoming Vividred Operation figure featuring Akane and Aoi.  Definitely a standout pose for the pair in a single figure.  Akiba Hobby also has a colored gallery for the Beach Queens version of Aoi. As BQs go this one is a little by the numbers.  Over at Geeks are Sexy they've pointed out this amazing plushie bantha from Star Wars made by Etsy crafter ecoLEFTZ. It's massive and entirely made out of reused materials.  The Mary Sue drew our attention to this incredible LEGO model of  Rivendell from the Lord of the Rings series. This 200,000 piece work is done by Alice Finch with David Frank who also made the massive Hogwarts school.  Think Geek is selling this adorable Hi-Koala plush with speakers in its feet. It hugs your device while playing your tunes and is compatible with anything with a headphone jack.  Think Geek is also selling this great transparent Gummy Bear designed by Jason Freeny. Just like with his amazing custom work all of the bones and guts are visible and you can even dissect it! In the Tomopop C-Blogs Invincible did a round of reviews for MMZ-00, 01, and 02. Great stuff! And that brings us to the end of another Tomopop LinkUP. I hope you have a Happy New Year and I'll be seeing you again right here in 2014!
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It's the last LinkUP of the year!
Hello and Welcome to this week's Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a crazy, exhausting week for me. Between a three-day ice storm, a 17 hour power outage, and rushing through Christmas, it has all left me a little drained. But the ne...

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A lot of everything: Dragon Ball, One Piece, Evangelion, Gundam, Saint Seiya, and Monster Hunter
Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nati...

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Chara Hobby 2013: Banpresto


MY EYES!!! The goggles, they do nothing!!
Aug 31
// Chris Seto
Banpresto were also present at Chara Hobby, so that can mean only one thing... Lots of Ichiban Kuji items!! There were also some showings of their SQ figures line as well, with Saber and the Madoka Magica girls appearing and ...
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Banpresto's Sonico

Banpresto's Sonico actually looks really good


Sonico artist Tsuji Santa tweets out early photos
Aug 20
// Brian Szabelski
Sonico artist Tsuji Santa has posted a few photos on his Twitter showing off the Banpresto SQ Sonico figure. It's only a few shots of her, but for a Banpresto figure and a Sonico figure in general, she looks very good and pre...
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WF2013S: Super Sonico

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Super Sonico Edition


She's got her diploma, she's a graduate!
Jul 28
// Andres Cerrato
Oh Sonico, you are the Barbie of Nitro+. Wear all of the outfits you can! You've dressed up on many occassions before, but now you're ready to graduate! You've got your motarboard on because you've risen to the ranks of acade...
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Super Sonico

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Banpresto Super Sonico


Some surprisingly nice things from Banpresto
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Super Sonico continues to prove her popularity is anything but short lived with even more offerings coming our way through Banpresto. Starting with three mini figures I was actually surprised to learn that there are actu...
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A peek at prize figures in Japanese arcades
I make it a point to visit one of my local arcades at least once every couple of weeks to see what figures are in the UFO catchers, and I figure I may as well share it with you all. Pardon the image quality — I don't wa...

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Tales Fest 2013: Alter's Tales of Symphonia and more!


Don't fight, my honeys; there is lots of me to go around!
May 31
// Jon Wills
Fans of the Tales series have a lot of awesome news to look forwards to with the upcoming Tales of Festival 2013 on the horizon, but a little bit of that awesomeness leaked out ahead of time! Alter is making a 1/8-scale figur...
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More prizes!
New hobby magazine scans showed these Ichiban Kuji prize figures based on characters one of my favorite shows, The Idol Master. If you remember, last month I sort of bashed Ichiban Kuji's designs of their K-ON! prize figures....

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See Banpresto's latest figures from the 31st Prize Fair


Fate/Zero, K-ON!, IDOLM@STER, and many others hit the show!
Feb 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you thought all of the figure shows were over for February another one sneaks in with a bunch of new things to see. Dengeki Hobby has posted their coverage of the Japan Amusement Expo 2013 31st Prize Expo showi...
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Banpresto, Wing show off Sword Art Online Ichiban Kuji


Glorious scans for beautiful toys
Feb 22
// Natalie Kipper
It's that time again when magazine scans flood the internet and both Wing and Banpresto has some pretty choice figures on digital display hailing from the anime,  Sword Art Online. The first in the loyal lineup is a pose...

Tomopop Hatsukoi: the figure that started everything

Feb 14 // Jon Wills
Brian's Hatsukoi Figurine: Revoltech Yotsuba If any one figure gave me a kick in the butt on collecting, it would have to be Revoltech Yotsuba. I first saw her shortly after I'd gotten into the joyous bundle of pages that are the Yotsuba&! tankobons, and I knew that I had to have her for my — at the time — relatively tiny collection. She was also the first poseable figure of any sort I'd owned since I had my G.I. Joes when I was younger and with all those joints came new avenues to have fun with my otherwise static collection of figures. I could have her climb up a tree; look excited to be sitting in front of a giant cookie for dinner; or even have her tucked around a corner, water pistol in hand, ready to squirt the next person who crossed her path in the face. Or, in short, it made collecting more fun. She's still my go-to figure when I need something funny to shoot out in the wide open world, and the only one I've ever taken on a trip with me. I'm not sure I'd have an interest in poseable figures or even in figure photography without Yotsuba around to give me that first push into a new world. While Danbo or Cheerful Kaito might have a little more of my attention now a days, I always have time for Yotsuba. Kristina's Hatsukoi Figurine: Banpresto Prize Figure Nagi I got into toy collecting without really realizing it. It started with two totally different things. The first big thing was that I'd been into Kannagi in 2009 and I wanted to buy a cute figure of Nagi (the main character of that show). I don't know why it struck me, and I was, I dunno... inspired. I also went to Japan that year, so I decided to go hunting for one. I passed on every Nendoroid I saw in all the different stores because I thought they looked stupid, and eventually a friend helped me out and walked me through all the second-hand shops at Akihabara until we found one. I appreciate it a little more now than I did then, because I now can identify it as a licensed prize figure (Banpresto). I'm also happy to note that she's still in stellar condition. A few months after that, I got into Vinylmation collecting. Again, I just kind of got into it without even knowing. I walked into a Disney Parks store and saw them behind the register, and I thought they were the cutest thing. Little Mickey-shaped figures, all with different little designs? Awesome! I'll take three. And that's where it started, and that has led to... well, a much more sizable collection. I'm actually too embarrassed to bother counting how many of those figures I've got, so I stopped keeping track. I'm not ashamed of my collection or anything, I just stopped caring about the number once I ran out of shelf space.  Tian's Hatsukoi Figurine: Orchid Seed's Lineage II Elf I started collecting toys after finding out about Tomopop, but the thing that got me collecting bishoujo figures was Orchid Seed's Lineage II Elf. The lady doesn't even have a name, but I saw some reviews of her online that left a thorough impression. The sculpt was amazing, her face was really pretty, and I liked the job they did on her skin tones. Of course I have to mention the cast-off feature, where you could remove her jacket and skirt to show off a great butt. Orchid Seed kind of messed up the sculpting of her underwear, but they got that butt just right. To date, this is my only Orchid Seed figure, and I still think it's their best. One of the first shots I took of this figure was with a desk lamp over it and a dark background. I decided to recreate that shot for this feature because I liked the way the light falls on her hair and clothing from above. Jon's Hatsukoi Figurine: Alter's Azusa Nakano I began my collection with a Banpresto prize figure of Piccolo from DBZ and a One Coin set of Tales of Symphonia and Vesperia. These figures were cool sure, but my collection never really grew into an obsession until I purchased my first Alter figure of Azusa Nakano from K-On! I still remember the day I was browsing Japanator and stumbled into a linked review at Tomopop for Azusa. After reading her review, I just had to have one for myself. However, because I was new to collecting, I had a hard time justifying spending a lot of cash on her. After much deliberation, I decided I would buy her and that she would be a cheerleader of sorts for me. She would encourage me to work and to write. Looking back, I would say she has done her job well. My fingers were trembling with excitement when me and my best friend opened Azusa's box and pulled her out for the first time. In a word, I would say she that she was "adorable." She was my first really super detailed figurine. I wanted to keep every single piece of her figurine intact. I even wanted to keep the little clear plastic pieces that came off her arms and legs because they, too, seemed to be cute. Speaking of cuteness, her face still ranks as one of the cutest in my collection. I have also always had a soft spot for twin tails. Still, Azusa is more than just cute. Her guitar is really realistic from end to end. I often look at it and admire the handy work done to make it look like it was made out of wood and the guitar strings still shine after all these years. Azusa was my first figure that really looked like she was in motion. From the flutter of her skirt and pose of the legs to her twin tails and big open mouthed face, she was moving. Someone even commented to me that she looked like she was about to leap off my desk! Unfortunately for me, she did leap off my desk. You see, I never really set aside a proper shelf for her and despite how much I say that I loved her. I really loved her about the same way that Yui from K-On! loved her guitar - Okay, I'll say it - I was a careless owner. Truth be told, she took a tumble or two and before I knew it, a few of the frets of her guitar had broken off. It took a little work but me and my father fixed her using a metal pipe from a model railroad kit and a set of pearl beads I purchased from Michaels. While the end result was not perfect, I feel like repairing Azusa instead of replacing her with a new figure made her that much more important to me, because now she was uniquely my Azusa. Eventually, I had to collect the whole group, because Azusa would be sad if she was left alone by herself without any of her friends, so I bought the band and Ui, too. I also have Nodoka on pre-order. Of course, I slowly branched out from K-On! to collect figurines from a few other shows and series as well. But Alter's Azusa and K-On! band really spear-headed the whole collecting operation! I didn't stop collecting figurines of Azusa with just her lovely Alter version either. I bought her figma for a bargain price when I purchased Alter's Mugi. One year at Animazement, I bought the set of mini Nendoroids for all of the girls, Azusa included. Also I managed to snag an import of her Kyoto Animation limited edition strawberry figure, which I have yet to unbox to this day. I think this is the one figure that I own I will never un-box. In all, I am pleased with all of the figures I picked to collect of her, but sometimes I regret not buying her Nendoroid or the Max Factory version of Azusa teasing a cat. After it's all said and done, I have to say that I love my figure of Azusa. We have been through a lot together and learned a lot together. I have formed memories with many people I am close to thanks to her. Also, she sparked my love for Alter figurines and was my gateway of sorts to photography, writing, and collecting far more than what I had planned to! Well, that wraps up what our Hatsukoi figurines are! What are some of the figures that got you hooked on your collections, Tomopeeps? Share them with us in the comments.
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These figures are the foundations for our collections
Ever look over your collections and think about what started it all in the first place? As collectors, we always treasure new and old things, but there is always a special place in our hearts for the first things we collect. The header images may make it obvious, but hit the jump to see what figurine kick started many of our editors' collections.

Tomopop Review: Master Stars Piece Kotetsu T. Kaburagi

Dec 31 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: Master Stars Piece Kotetsu T. KaburagiFigure Maker: BanprestoRetail Price: ¥2,000Available at: HobbyLink Japan  Yep, that's certainly a box containing a figure. Unlike a lot of prize figures I've seen, Kotetsu is being held within a close box. There's no way you can see the build of the figure itself, which worried me at first. At least in my experience, if a company doesn't show you a figure, it's because something is bloody wrong with it. Whelp, enough of the cardboard prison, it's time to get Kotetsu out into the warm Miami air! Huh. Another cardboard prison. Overly-cautious figure packers, or nefarious plot to hold back all of Kotetsu's potential sexiness? Considering the tube-like nature of the package, I'm leaning toward the later. However, I will not be denied. Release Kotetsu at once! That's better. Am I the only one that finds it strange that he's been separated into half? Usually, he's either in one piece or in several, depending on the maker and the class of figure. It's a strange middle step. Either way, the real strange thing is the "base." I say "base" in quotes because it doesn't do a particularly good job of keeping Mr. Kaburagi standing up. At best, it keeps him from immediately toppling over, but as you'll see later he can do a good job of keeping himself up. Since it started to get uncomfortably warm, I decided to take Kotetsu inside to finish things up. Let's go into the Cortes Studio. Well well well! Color me impressed. While it won't beat Megahouse's version of Kotetsu, this is a nice representation of our intrepid hero. It does a great job of capturing his personality. Oh, and they got a nice smoldering look on the figure. It's as if he's saying "Ladies, ladies, one at a time please!" The next several shots are highlighting Kotetsu's details. You'll notice that the seam at his waste has been covered by his vest. That's some good work by Banpresto. You'll also see that Kotetsu's arm connects at the watch, cleverly hiding another slot. While you're looking at that area, take note of the details on his hands and the wedding band on his finger. Most other prize figures wouldn't have captured stuff like that. Here's a better look at Kotetsu's vest and face. Banpresto added stitching to the paint job on his arm. Yet another rare detail seen in prize figures. I'll also give Banpresto major props for the detail on his face. It's pretty damn close to what he looks like in all the still material. One of my big criticisms of prize figures is that there are usually some...liberties taken when adapting the faces of characters. Some times they don't even look like the people they're supposed to represent. Oh my, did somebody leave these buns in the oven? Besides having a decently shaped butt, I love the creases on his pants and the belt line. My only problem? The obvious copyright mark and "Made in China" stamp on his right cheek. Did it really have to be there? It's one of the only downsides I have with the figure overall, but come on! Here's a closer shot of Kotetsu's shoes as he's being slightly propped up by the base. As you can see, the base is made for him to slot into the mold, giving him a wider area to keep balance. Truth be told, he can stand just find without it, but will probably take a dive if a shelf is moved around. Anyway, the shoes look pretty damn good. Usually, feet/shoes/boots on prize figures are hunks of plastic that get little to no attention. Here, there's stitching, whether marks and shoe laces. A lot of love was put into molding Kotetsu, shown by the little details that have been included. All in all, I think Banpresto's Master Stars Piece Kotetsu is a great buy for anybody that loves Tiger & Bunny. While he doesn't have the same material quality as a Kotobukiya, Megahouse or Good Smile figure, the figure itself looks great. It's got plenty of details that even more expensive figures might miss. At the retail price of ¥2,000, it's less than half of the larger static PVC figures. If you love Tiger & Bunny and either can't afford or get the G.E.M., you owe it to yourself to pick this up! [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing a review sample!]
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Sponsored by HobbyLink Japan
Without a doubt, the biggest merchandising surprise in the last couple of years is Tiger & Bunny. I don't think anybody figured that both men and women would flock to a show inspired by western super heroes, but lo and be...

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It's prize figures aplenty in the latest magazine scans


Banpresto, FuRyu, and Sega prize show off their latest cute moe girl figures in these new scans.
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This time around from the wonderful world of magazine scans we get some serious offerings from the big three in the realm of prize figures: Banpresto, FuRyu, and Sega Prize. All three look to be bringing their A-game, gi...
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Banpresto has new Gundam Unicorn figures for its DXF line


Keep your eyes on the prize!
Nov 14
// Andres Cerrato
Outside of two releases by Megahouse, if you wanted some figures of the cast from Gundam Unicorn, you were out of luck. It's taken six episodes, but we're finally getting them! They were on display at several prize fairs, but...
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Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Cospa, Banpresto and the rest


PLUM, Kaitendoh, Ken Elephant/Kaiyodo and Chara Ani also featured
Nov 09
// Brian Szabelski
As the cap on our Miyazawa Model Exhibition coverage, there's a few more companies whose wares we've rounded up into one big post. The Ken Elephant booth was chock full of Kaiyodo's Revoltech figures, including the prototype ...
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30th Prize Fair: Banpresto


Prize figures coming in 2013 for Gundam Unicorn, Code Geass, K-On!, Kamen Rider, and Magi.
Nov 07
// Jonathan Tubbs
Cripes! Another event, Japan? You're keeping yourselves busy with all the product showcasing. At least with the focus of this event, there are plenty more chances for characters we may like at a fraction of the cost. I'm talk...
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Who is coming to Animate Girls Festival 2012?


Which companies will be there on November 17, 2012 to display their latest boy figures?
Oct 30
// Jonathan Tubbs
Otome games, anime, cosplay, and especially Boys' Love are all the things you're going to find at the upcoming Animate Girls Festival 2012 event in Tokyo. But what about figures of boys, boys, and more boys? Who is coming alo...

Dengeki Festival 2012: Banpresto

Oct 20 // Natalie Kipper
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Presenting figures from Kyousogiga, the To Aru series, and Tales series
As you might have gathered from other posts today, another toy event is going on in Japan! This time, the event in question is Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival. Banpresto had a display there and, while it only showed figures...


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